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Alleged Stabber Strikes Again after Posting Bond

46-year-old Elmer Donaldson of Burlington was arrested again this afternoon after posting bond at the county jail. Donaldson posted bail at 12:40am today. He was arrested yesterday in connection with a stabbing and threats with a gun near the 800 block of S. 9th in Burlington. He was again apprehended this afternoon at around 12:40pm in the 500 block of Vine Street. He had went to the 800 block of S. 9th Street, where he was arrested yesterday, and began threatening occupants regarding retaliation for his previous arrest. Continue Reading

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Bond Set for Alleged Shooter

Bond has been set at $200,000 cash for a Florida man accused in an early Sunday morning crime spree in Burlington. 26-year old Donald Watkins of Miami allegedly shot and injured two people in the Fun City parking lot, he took part in a drive-by shooting in the 200 block of Hayes in which the bullets struck several vehicles and an apartment building, and helped to set a car on fire near the corner of Oak & Ashmun Streets. He’s charged with two counts of Willful Injury, Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon, and 2nd Degree Arson. He’s a resident of the Des Moines County jail. His alleged partner-in-crime, 30-year old Virgil Griggs, also of Miami, is charged with Arson and Intimidation with a Weapon, but not with Willful Injury; jail officials say he bonded out. Continue Reading

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2 Arrested in Connection with Early Morning Shootings in Burlington

More violent crime in Burlington early this morning, but police arrested two Florida men in connection with all four incidents. 26-year old Donald Watkins and 30-year old Virgil Griggs, both of Miami, will face felony charges of Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon and 2nd Degree Arson. Watkins is also charged with two counts of Willful Injury. This is what detectives say they had to piece together:

At 1:37 am, officers were called to Fun City in response to a shooting in the parking lot. The investigation revealed that two people had been shot in the upper body and were taken to Great River Medical Center. Continue Reading

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Bicyclist Shot in Burlington this Afternoon

There aren’t many details yet, but a young black man riding a bicycle was shot at the corner of S. Gunnison and Aetna this afternoon. At the scene, officials told us the man had a single gunshot wound to the stomach. Neighbors told us they had heard at least three gunshots. The victim, whose name has not been released, was sent to Great River Medical Center. His condition is not known. Continue Reading

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Officer’s Name Released in Fatal Fort Madison Shooting

Authorities have released the name of a Fort Madison police officer involved in a fatal shooting. The state Division of Criminal Investigation said today that Officer Karl Judd remains on paid administrative leave following the Aug. 3 death of 27-year-old Ryan Swearingen.

Police say Swearingen confronted Judd with a knife as the officer responded to a call about an individual who had been slashing tires in Fort Madison. Judd shot Swearingen, who later died. An autopsy determined Swearingen died from multiple gunshots. Continue Reading

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WB Council Likely to Settle Limkemann Suit Tonight

The West Burlington City Council meets tonight(Weds) at 6 o’clock and will go into a closed session mid-meeting. According to the agenda, when members emerge, they’ll consider approving a settlement agreement with Skylar Limkemann, the young man who wrote the application for a federal FEMA grant for the Fire Department, then sued the City when a councilman publicly questioned some of the information in the application. Continue Reading

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Obama Approves Disaster Declaration for Des Moines and Lee Counties

22 Iowa counties were approved for a Presidential Disaster Declaration today, according to a press release from Iowa Governor Terry Branstad’s Office. In our area, Des Moines and Lee are two of those 22 counties that were impacted by severe weather in June and July. The declaration will provide federal funding under the Public Assistance Program. According to the press release, the funds can be used for emergency work, replacement of disaster-damaged facilities, debris removal, repairing public property and more. This is Iowa’s third Presidential Disaster Declaration in 2014. Continue Reading

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FM Officer Shoots and Kills Man Holding Knife

One man is dead after being shot by a Fort Madison Police Officer. At around 1:45am this morning, the Fort Madison Police Department received a call of a man slashing car tires in the Fort Madison area. According to the news station KCCI, when officials arrived, they found 27-year-old Ryan Swearingen who then ran from the officers. They chased Swearingen to a home where he confronted police with a knife. After waving the knife at police, an officer shot him. Continue Reading

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Accused Shooter Arrested at Great River Medical Center

Busted. That’s what local police are now saying about a 35-year old man they took into custody last(Weds) night in the lobby at Great River Medical Center. Earl Dunn of Burlington, who also has connections to Chicago, is facing an Attempted Murder charge, for allegedly shooting 37-year old Kelon Tucker of Chicago, early Tuesday morning, at the intersection of Acres and 12th Streets, in an argument over a woman.  

Burlington detectives and Des Moines County deputies drove Dunn to the county jail to await a court hearing. In the mean time, his bond is $25,000, cash only. Continue Reading